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July 21, 2020

Dun Skipper

Notes and Changes since last report

  • It was 82°F mostly clear and breezy at 1:00 PM on July 21, 2020.
  • This week's trail report covers the Wappinger Creek Trail side of the trail system.
  • As mid-summer approaches, new flowers wane and fruits wax.
  • In butterfly news, northern broken-dash was ramping up in numbers and mulberry wing along with the big satyrs were still around.

The Trails

  • It was mighty warm and the Old Hayfield behind Gifford House was starting to look a little dry.
  • Pearl crescents were courting in the path before me.
  • A well worn female little glassywing was basking low to the ground.
  • On the Sedge Meadow Trail, a type of raspberry was ripening.
  • Across the path, pokeweed was nowhere near ripe, but there was promise of plenty.
  • As the trail rose, gray dogwood lined both sides, its berries still green.
  • Invasive honeysuckle bushes were laden with ripening fruit.
  • There was a hint of pink out in the Sedge Meadow.
  • That was steeplebush starting to bloom.
  • In the back Old Hayfield, the usually plain and unmarked dun skipper was on low flowers such as wild basil and here yarrow.
  • The tops of shrubs and old goldenrod stalks was another place to look for skippers.
  • Here is where the northern broken-dash would perch. Groups of half a dozen or more would spiral up into the sky only to return to their perches.
  • There's a hint of orange on the leading edge of the forewing, and the pale hindwing spot band swells slightly in the center making it resemble a "3".
  • The cool shade of the Wappinger Creek Trail was welcome, but a sunny spot would possibly be welcoming to a few butterflies.
  • Indeed, a lone banded hairstreak was out there. No others came by for it to challenge.
  • Hmmm, never noticed that chunk of wood before.
  • Oh, I suppose it came from up there.
  • And that would explain the big branch in the creek.
  • "Ant hills" were scattered about around the "Appendix", as I like to call the area around trail marker 10.
  • But the holes were pencil diameter... these were of the little burrowing wasps that are here every year.
  • Next week: The Cary Pines Trail side of the trail system.


  • 1 American Woodcock
  • 2 Mourning Dove
  • 1 Eastern Wood-Pewee
  • 2 Eastern Phoebe
  • 3 Red-eyed Vireo
  • 4 Blue Jay
  • 6 Black-capped Chickadee
  • 2 Tufted Titmouse
  • 1 White-breasted Nuthatch
  • 4 Eastern Bluebird
  • 1 Wood Thrush
  • 7 American Robin
  • 2 Gray Catbird
  • 1 Scarlet Tanager
  • 5 Eastern Towhee
  • 5 Field Sparrow
  • 3 Song Sparrow
  • 1 Rose-breasted Grosbeak
  • 2 Indigo Bunting
  • 8 Red-winged Blackbird
  • 6 American Goldfinch
  • 1 Steeplebush
  • 1 Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
  • 4 Cabbage White
  • 4 Clouded Sulphur
  • 1 Banded Hairstreak
  • 2 Great Spangled Fritillary
  • 29 Pearl Crescent
  • 6 Northern Pearly-eye
  • 3 Appalachian Brown
  • 3 Little Wood-Satyr
  • 15 Common Wood-Nymph
  • 15 Silver-spotted Skipper
  • 1 Wild Indigo Duskywing
  • 22 Northern Broken-Dash
  • 1 Little Glassywing
  • 2 Mulberry Wing
  • 17 Dun Skipper
  • 2 Hummingbird Clearwing
  • 6 Snowberry Clearwing
  • 1 Burrowing wasp